BWCA Entry Point, Route, and Trip Report Blog

January 23 2019

Entry Point 16 - Moose/Portage River (North of Echo Trail)

Moose/Portage River (north) entry point allows overnight paddle only. This entry point is supported by La Croix Ranger Station near the city of Ely, MN. The distance from ranger station to entry point is 27 miles. Access is a 160-rod portage heading North from the Echo Trail.

Number of Permits per Day: 7
Elevation: 1348 feet
Latitude: 48.1230
Longitude: -92.0991
A favorite route offering many trip options and memorable things to see including;

World Class fishing for all four BWCA Species
Soaring granite hills and cliffs
Small lakes
Small rivers
Tumbling rapids and waterfalls
Wildlife, including Moose
Vistas from high points across the region if you're willing to climb. Rating Easy to Moderate. Day One. Get to EP16 off of the Echo Trail early. The initial portage is long, but well worn and smooth, sloping gently downgrade to the launch area. Load your canoe and head North. You'll be paddling with the slight current on this narrow winding river. The water is clear and make sure to tell the bowperson to watch for looming rocks!

Sept. 2011

by rip166
Trip Report

Entry Date: September 04, 2011
Entry Point: Moose/Portage River (north)
Number of Days: 6
Group Size: 2

Trip Introduction:
Nothing like sitting under the stars on Oyster Lake.


We love going to Oyster Lake but this last time was the hardest trip out of the 6 times we been there. The beaver dams were everywhere and were so big they stopped the water and made it very hard to canoe.Smally fishing on Oyster is awesome and the camp sites on the pennisula are great. Weve seen alot of moose pass thru. If anyone has any updated knowledge of the beaver dams between Nina Moose Lake and Agnes that would be great.Does anyone know if they open the water ways after the beavers make huge dams? Hope to go back June of 2013. EEEEccccchhhho Traaaaiiil